Wales

Exciting news flew in at the Glaslyn Osprey sight at the weekend, the female osprey laid her first egg on Saturday, April 2nd. The spotting was confirmed at 11.40 AM the same morning.

Compared to some previous years, the spotting came almost a month early, making it the earliest osprey egg to be laid on record.

Geraint Williams, Osprey Project Officer said: "The ospreys have certainly been keeping us on our toes this year. First the early return of the male, then the surprise of the first egg being laid at a much earlier date than normal."

"Spirits are high at the site and we are all eager to witness what is next for the osprey pair."

Each egg will be incubated for around 37 days, which means hatching should occur at the start of May.

Since 2005 the success of the only pair of breeding ospreys has been witnessed by staff and volunteers and thousands of well-wishers visiting the RSPB Cymru viewing centre at Pont Croesor near Porthmadog.

The Glaslyn Osprey viewing scheme is open to the public every day from 10 am until 6 pm until the end of August and is free of charge.

Visitors to the site are able to watch the birds via the live nest cam images beamed straight from the nest to a large screen in the centre.

The BBC webcam is currently showing live images of the pair on the nest.

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